Anyway, you may recall that I was mildly critical of mushroom soup with its unhealthy colour of decay... This prompted a recollection of what I've always thought of as a decidedly odd line in the lyrics to Howard Ashman and Alan Menken song, 'Be Our Guest', from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
Here's the opening of that song as written by Ashman and Menken:
Be our guest! Be our guest!Now, whilst I admire any songwriter who can rhyme 'delicious' with 'dishes', I do wonder why they would ever write "Try the GREY stuff"?
Put our service to the test
Tie your napkin 'round your neck, cherie,
And we'll provide the rest:
Soup du jour,
Hot hors d'oeuvres,
Why, we only live to serve.
Try the grey stuff,
Don't believe me? Ask the dishes...
Maybe it's mushroom soup - what else? But how exceptionally unappealing it sounds!
I mean, why GREY stuff, when RED, GREEN, PINK or several other colours would have fitted the lyric just as well and sounded a good deal tastier?